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William Acorn, P.E., FASHRAE
Principal
10617 N Hayden Rd, Suite B-108
Scottsdale AZ 85260
USA
phone: (602) 888-7250
fax: 520-577-0851
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William Acorn Technology Analysis ExpertWilliam R. Acorn is founder of Acorn Consulting Services, LLC, an engineering firm. As a consulting mechanical engineer, Bill provides project analysis, forensic reconstructions and litigation support services relating to the design, delivery and functioning of high-tech manufacturing facilities, semiconductor fabrication facilities, institutional laboratories, data centers, health care facilities and a variety of commercial buildings. He is a recognized expert in the evaluation of deficiencies in HVAC systems, cleanrooms, piping systems, refrigeration systems, construction defects, building and fire code compliance, and patent and trade secret disputes. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants.

Bill has more than 40 years of experience as a professional engineer and is a recognized expert in assessing, evaluating, remediating and providing testimony on complex project design, construction and operational matters. His consulting expertise has been influential in shaping approaches to code compliance and life safety in semiconductor and similar advanced technology facilities.

  • Registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Utah.
  • Registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying NCEES (Certificate No. 6999)
  • Fellow in the HVAC industry leading organization ASHRAE
  • Visiting lecturer at the Arizona State University Del E. Webb School of Construction in Tempe, AZ
  • Advisor to CREATE, ACE – Alliance for Construction Excellence and the IAB – Industry Advisory Board, all affiliated with ASU

    Building Systems Analysis:

  • HVAC and Refrigeration
  • Process and Power Piping
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Standard of Care in Design and Construction
  • Chemical Exposures in the Workplace
  • Cleanroom Design and Performance
  • Codes and Standards
  • Patent and Trade Secret Disputes

    Bill’s pragmatic approach to both forensic and litigation consulting as well as project consulting is based on more than 40 years of real-world experience as a design professional, mentor and forensic analyst, as well as many years as an instructor in professional and academic settings.

    Litigation Support:

  • Forensic Analysis
  • Strategic Litigation Consulting
  • Trial Demonstratives
  • Expert Testimony

    Forensic Analysis, litigation consulting and expert testimony. Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the US and Asia.

    Bill’s ability to explain complex issues to non-technical audiences, including juries, mediators and judges, is a key to successfully solving your litigation challenges.

    Consulting Services:

    Services range from peer review to conceptual design to development of strategies and programs for expedited project delivery.

    Bill frequently acts as an owner’s agent and mentor, functioning as an extension of the owner’s project team. On other projects, Bill serves as a subject matter expert assisting project delivery firms in their development of viable solutions and review of construction documents.

    As a project consultant, Bill assures the project gets off to the right start and provides his expertise through completion and operation to maximize return on investment.

    Consulting Expertise Includes:

  • Project Design and Management Consulting
  • Forensic Analysis and Litigation Consulting
  • Mentoring & Advanced Education

  • 4/11/2005 · Construction
    Introduction: In our first Volume of the Forensic Exchanger, we discussed some of the all too many reasons why HVAC systems fail. If you missed that edition and are interested in that topic e-mail us and we will gladly send it to you. We will follow up with more discussion of that important topic in later editions

    William R. Acorn
    Facilities which utilize hazardous liquids and gases represent a significant potential liability to the owner, operator, and general public in terms of personnel safety and preservation of assets. It is obvious that a catastrophic incident or loss of property or personnel is to be avoided at all costs. This book was conceived to give the reader a guide to understanding the requirements of the various codes and regulations that apply to the design, construction, and operation of facilities utilizing hazardous materials in their processes.
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    Steven R. Thomas, P.E.
    Multiple Addresses (See Below)
    NJ, NH, ME, MA, VT ,RI, CT, NY, PA ,DE, USA
    phone: 877-267-7855
    fax: 973-401-0056 or 603-293-4142
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    New Jersey Office:
    PMB 4066
    55 Madison Avenue - Ste 400
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    T: (973) 401-0010
    F: (973) 401-0056
    New Hampshire Office:
    Analytic Engineering
    105 Juniper Ridge Road
    Gilford, NH 03249
    T: (603) 293-4477
    F: (603) 293-4142


    Analytic Engineering combines Professional Engineering with Effective Communication. We offer Technical Analysis and Services in the Engineering field and provide experienced Expert Testimony to communicate the conclusions reached.

    Engineering Services:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Vehicular Accident Reconstruction
  • Failure Analysis
  • Computer Animation
  • Premises Liability
  • Patent Claim Analysis
  • Product Design & Liabilty
  • Product & Equipment
  • Design Engineering Services
  • Steven R. Thomas, PE, the Principal Engineer at Analytic Engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science - Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) at Widener University, Chester, PA in 1979 and a Master of Science in Engineering Science (Safety Engineering and Human Factors) at The New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997.

    Professional Experience: Steven R. Thomas, P.E. has worked for such organizations as General Motors, Thomas & Betts, General Cable and Breed Automotive Corporation. He has worked in the engineering fields of Research and Development, Product Design, Machine Design, Manufacturing, Industrial, Tooling, Safety, Facility Design, Failure Analysis and Accident Reconstruction. Since 1991 Mr. Thomas has worked as an Engineering Consultant in the Forensic field and has testified in numerous jurisdictions.
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    Ole Haaland, PE
    626 Admiral Drive
    C-537
    Annapolis MD 21401
    USA
    phone: 410-703-9002
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    Ole Haaland Power Plant Mechanical Expert PhotoOle E. Haaland, PE, has thirty four years experience in Power Production, Design, Construction, and Commissioning, with 30+ years managing people and projects. Mr. Haaland's experience is in conventional, nuclear, and alternate fuel power plant mechanical and electrical systems. He has performed as Project Manager, Construction Manager, and Commissioning Manager for several Greenfield power projects.

    Mr. Haaland held a senior reactor power operator's license and a number of senior engineering positions at the New York Power Authority prior to joining ANNA. Mr. Haaland received his BSME from the New York Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in many states. He was recently elected to the EGSA Board of Directors for 2015-2017.

    Litigation Support - Ole Haaland conducts root cause analysis investigations for counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense. When needed, he provides expert witness testimony for power plant design, construction, and operational failure issues and for parties involved in contract disputes.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Switchgear
    • Voltage Regulators
    • Turbine Generators
    • Control Systems
    • Hydro Generators
    • Diesel Generators
  • Condensate Polishers
  • Feed Water Heaters
  • Main Condensers
  • Moisture Separators
  • Electrical Breaker Failures
  • Operational Failures
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    Iola Goeke
    3660 Hartsfield Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    USA
    phone: 850-558-3100
    fax: 850-575-8454
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    BEC Consulting, LLC was established in 1982. Since that time, we have provided top-level consulting engineering services and accident reconstruction to our clients; law firms, insurance companies, state and local agencies, manufacturing companies, and clients who are seeking product design analysis and other engineering related services.

    Our engineers represent a broad range of engineering disciplines which enables us to work on a variety of cases using the team approach. The teams at BEC are comprised of Engineers, Technical Specialists, Graphics Specialists, as well as Research and Administrative Personnel, so that each case is given personal attention and is handled efficiently and effectively. Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Venice working in almost every state in the United States, including Alaska.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction - Including Automobile, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle/Bicycle & Pedestrian
    • Engineering Consulting
    • FARO 3-D Scanning
    • Black Box Downloads
    • Construction Zone / Roadside Safety
    • Industrial Equipment
    • Failure Analysis
    • Product Design
    • Product Development
    • Material Handling System
    • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics
    Every aspect of our firm is designed to serve our clients needs; conference rooms for mediations and depositions, a research and testing lab, secured evidence storage, facilities for expert inspections, and easy access to airport and hotel facilities for our out-of-town clients. We are truly a full service engineering firm.

    Because of this team approach and a commitment to customer service, BEC has attained regional and national recognition as a leader in forensic engineering services and new product development. This excellent example and tireless dedication to serving our client’s needs has resulted in a devoted client base and reputation second to none.

    Dr. Charles Benedict, P.E., founded Benedict Engineering Company in 1982 and our name has since changed to BEC Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years experience in the fields of product and machine design and analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction of all types, and product and system failure analysis. He has designed, developed, manufactured, and tested more than sixty different products and machine systems. Dr. Benedict is well respected in the fields of forensic engineering, product and machine system design and analysis and patenting.

    Expertise:
    • Biomechanics
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Vehicle Restraint Systems
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Material Handling
    • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E., is also a principal with BEC Consulting, LLC, and has been practicing forensic engineering for over 15 years. He holds several patents on roadside safety devices and studied roadside safety at the University of Nebraska. He is a consulting engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. His current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction, analysis of maintenance of traffic issues, premises liability, investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, and development of automated material-handling systems.

    Expertise:
    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Maintenance of Traffic
    • Roadway Design
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E., CXLT, is an Industrial engineer with specialties in industrial accident reconstruction, including forklifts, construction machinery, appliances, and manufacturing equipment. Her experience includes vehicular accident reconstruction involving automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles, as well as slip, trip, and fall analysis, product failure analysis, and workplace-safety related issues.

    Expertise:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Confined Spaces
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Theme Parks / Recreation Facilities
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical engineer and Principal with our firm, specializing in accident reconstruction. His current work involves the analysis and reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including vehicular dynamics and occupant restraint as well as the investigation of industrial accidents and product analysis.

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    David Neagley, AIA, Architect
    Forensic Architect
    PO Box 2265
    La Jolla CA 92038
    USA
    phone: 858-354-8070
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    David Neagley Forensic Architecture Expert PhotoDavid Neagley, AIA, Architect: Over thirty-two years of architectural design and construction administration experience with all building types, including educational, medical, R&D, corporate, commercial, custom residential, multi-family housing, military and industrial projects, totaling over 12.4 million square feet. Emphasizing use of durable, low maintenance materials including stainless, copper, bronze, zinc, cement-fiber, plastics, composites, specialty sealants & industrial paints.

    Building Reconstruction Specialist: Reconstruction design, details and specifications focused on solving complex construction problems and developing effective repairs for commercial and institutional buildings. Services include design for waterproofing, flashing, exterior finishes, roofs, decks, windows, and remediation of mold, wood rot, corrosion and structural damage.

    Construction Industry Expert: Visual inspection, intrusive testing, defect analysis, repair recommendations and forensic expert services for both plaintiff and defense parties. Specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, waterproofing, vapor transmission, exterior finishes, corrosion, condensation, ventilation, mold, wood rot, suspended ceilings, interior partitions, and structural issues.
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    L. Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME
    31157 Lobo Vista Road
    Agoura CA 91301
    USA
    phone: (818) 489-4400
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    Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME , has provided services as a consultant and an expert witness in applied Civil and Mechanical Engineering Science, Building, Infrastructure, and Earthwork Contracting. His strength and experience is to successfully combine engineering and applied mechanics with the field experience and contracting skills.

    He packages civil, mechanical engineering, as well as, general, engineering, earthwork and paving and hazardous waste contracting into one package for the use of his clients. His services also include construction job site safety in fire prevention and personnel protection.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Petrovsky's shirtsleeve approach to problem solving gives him the ability to distill complex technical issues to a palatable presentation in the appropriate forum. Serving the legal industry for 25 years, he has been retained in over 600 plaintiff and defense cases, been deposed over 200 times, and given testimony approximately 100 times.

    Mr. Petrovsky's services include testing and analysis, trial preparation case analysis, deposition review and expert summary, evidence presentation, consulting, report writing, court exhibits, static and computer depictions, construction and engineering contract analysis, accident reconstruction, and interpretation of administrative regulations. He has assisted counsel on cases in California, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Nevada.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design: Machine safety and guarding, Strength of materials, wood, metals, plastics
    • Materials Issues and Failure Analysis: Mechanisms, components and machinery; Pressure testing, fatigue analysis
    • Accident Investigations: Heavy equipment accidents, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators; Cranes, lifts, manipulators
    • Air conditioning and Refrigeration: Thermography services and analysis
    • Civil Engineering: Design of Buildings; Residential, industrial, commercial site plans; Land development, site preparation and paving, drilling and boring; Public and private roadways, sidewalks, ramps, parking lots, lighting; Septic systems, sewers, public sewer blockage and stoppage; Scaffolds & scaffolding erection and accidents; Retaining walls and retaining wall failure; Foundation failure / structural damage; Plumbing leaks, water intrusion, explosions; Earthquake Damage Assessment and Remediation; Construction Disputes / Insurance claims; Stucco defects and failures; Job site fire prevention industry standards
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    James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE
    2909 Cole Ave
    Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75204
    USA
    phone: 214-468-8118
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    Drebelbis Engineering is an Architectural and Engineering firm specializing in Forensic Engineering. Their combined background in architecture, engineering, and business make Drebelbis Engineering uniquely qualified to address the complexities found in forensic engineering assignments.

    A Dallas-based company founded in 1996, their focus is structural, architectural and civil engineering as applied to buildings and site systems. They bring technical engineering knowledge, testimony, and remedy when construction fails to perform and when construction processes derail.

    Principal, James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE, is an Architect and Structural Engineer with over 40 years of experience in all phases of building construction and performance, project management, and producing documents for building construction (drawings, specifications, change orders).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Drebelbis specializes in Forensic Engineering for attorneys and insurance companies. His understanding of building types and construction systems includes site construction and earth retaining structures as well as residential, commercial, manufacturing, and institutional buildings.

    Mr. Drebelbis is retained for Cause and Origin of Structural Failures and disputes about construction performance that often emphasize the obvious (leaks, cracks, collapses). His expertise is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Services include engineering investigation, documentation, testimony, and preparation of Certificates of Merit.

    Education/Licenses: - BS Arch. Engineering, MBA, Professional Engineer (Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico), Architect (Texas)

    Areas of Technical Experience and Expertise:
    • Construction Technology
    • Building Codes
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Fire, Weather, Disaster Related Damage
    • Roofing & Waterproofing Systems
    • Water and Moisture Intrusion
    • Stair Construction
    • Performance of Building Materials
    • Retaining Structures
    • Application of Building Materials
  • Selection of Building Materials
  • Structural Engineering
  • Site and Building Drainage
  • Foundation Design
  • Soil Behavior
  • Concrete Workmanship and Design
  • Contract Documents
  • Professional Ethics
  • Slip, Trip, Fall
  • Corrective Construction
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    411 N. Sam Houston Parkway East
    Suite 350
    Houston Texas 77060
    USA
    phone: 2813584441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
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    A case study that illustrates the importance of combining crash data with a thorough analysis in an auto reconstruction investigation.

    This passage from the Book of Leviticus, which reads like an awkward directive from a manual on mold remediation, is an indication that mold has been troubling mankind since Biblical times. Although mold has been an issue for centuries, only in recent years has it grabbed the spotlight. This is due to high-profile lawsuits, such as the Ballard case in Texas, in which a family claimed that mold in their home was the source of their myriad health problems. The Ballards won an initial $32 million judgment against their insurance company, which later was reduced to $4 million.

    11/2/2017 · Construction
    Engineering involvement with property losses demands an open technical mind that can look at the bigger picture, sometimes beyond the scope of work initially requested by the adjuster or insurance company. Engineering law requires the professional engineer to protect "public health, safety, and welfare. "Sometimes specific technical requests are made to a forensic engineering firm that lead to much broader technical involvement in order to ensure compliance with engineering law and the protection of the public. Is it a benefit for an engineer to look at a broader picture when investigating a loss event, even if the scope of work has been specified? Let's examine two examples.

    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    David AmoriDavid P. Amori, PE, RRC, Vice President of Engineering at EFI Global, is a Structural / Geotechnical Engineer and Registered Roof Consultant with more than 22 years of domestic and international experience in building and heavy civil construction and engineering. His responsibilities include the oversight of the engineering service line, product delivery, quality, training and mentoring, business development, and executive team liaison.

    Mr. Amori's background includes geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and domestic and international construction management of commercial and heavy civil projects. He has performed hundreds of forensic investigations in North and South America.

    David Amori is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham.

    Mr. Amori provides Litigation Support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been retained numerous times and is court qualified as a structural and geotechnical engineer.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Structural Assessment
    • Construction Defect Investigation
    • Foundation Evaluation
    • Structural Fire Damage Assessment
    • Roof and Building Envelope Assessments
    Representative Litigation Support
    • Pearland, TX - Design team defendant expert in a case involving the code compliance, structural integrity, and functional performance of roof of a newly constructed assisted living facility
    • San Antonio, TX - Expert investigating the performance of window systems, roof systems, and exterior wall finishes
    • Austin, TX - Expert investigating the performance of custom window systems
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    10/12/2017 · Construction
    The forensic engineering assignment typically has a scope of work that begins with something to the effect of "determine the cause of the observed damage to the..." Often this includes an inspection and analysis to determine if the observed damage is related to a particular event. For example, an assignment might ask a forensics professional to determine if the hailstorm on June 1 caused functional hail-related damage to a roof. Or, it might ask to delineate the structural fire-related damage.

    9/14/2017 · Construction
    When a catastrophe hits, unmanned aerial systems (UASs, also called "drones") can quickly and effectively provide a bird’s-eye view of inaccessible and unsafe areas as well as major losses. Such visual access can drastically change the life of the insurance claim, making drone use a rapidly expanding data-collection method.

    8/15/2017 · Construction
    So far this year, the topic of wildfires has gained national attention across the U.S. In May, the Springs Fire in California threatened 4,000 homes and destroyed 24,250 acres. In June, the record-breaking Black Forest Fire in Colorado destroyed 14,280 acres and about 500 homes and caused an estimated $85 million in damages. The devastation from the unprecedented Rim Fire that burned in and around Yosemite National Park in August and September is still being calculated, but it already ranks as one of the worst wildfires in history.

    7/31/2017 · Failure Analysis
    According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), plumbing supply failures are the leading source of residential water losses-almost 50 percent greater than the second-leading source. Many of these are caused by broken pipes that result from water that gets trapped inside them and freezes.

    6/26/2017 · Construction
    Every spring and throughout the summer, much of the U.S. is subjected to thunderstorms that produce damaging hail. Property damage can manifest in several forms: broken windows, damaged roof top equipment, and roof damage. With a residential roof replacement starting at several thousand dollars and a commercial roof at tens of thousands, functional roof damage is probably the largest expense exposure for most buildings.

    3/2/2016 · Construction
    For the forensic investigator, damage assessments require taking a global look at the loss to determine all causes, including possible design and construction deficiencies.

    2/9/2016 · Construction
    Large losses present a unique set of challenges from the perspective of managing an expert or team of experts. For the purposes of this column, let's assume that a large loss is one that exceeds $250,000. These might include heavy civil construction, infrastructure, transportation, or a catastrophic event affecting a large building.

    2/17/2015 · Construction
    Roof collapses can be sudden, catastrophic events caused by a particular loading condition or combination of loads. Roof collapses often happen with little or no warning, making this a particularly dangerous event. When investigating a roof collapse, the obvious perpetrators are examined: how much snow was on the roof, were the drains plugged up, were the winds in excess of the design wind speed and many others. Occasionally, the roof can be doomed to collapse months or years before an event due to design or construction related deficiencies allowing for a subrogation opportunity to recover cost of repairs.

    12/9/2014 · Construction
    Often after an event like a tornado, windstorm, water surge, or fire, the damage sustained to some property structures exceeds the value of it. In these cases, an engineer might be asked to determine if the remaining foundation system is suitable for reconstruction. The motivation for this is fairly straightforward: the property may have been underinsured and saving the foundation represents an effort to reduce the reconstruction cost, or there is a desire to get the structure rebuilt as quickly as possible. In the interest of time and money, an evaluation of the suitability of the foundation for reuse can be performed. There are three main questions for the engineer to answer: Is the slab damaged by the event? Are there any other factors, such as differential foundation movement, that would prevent the slab being reutilized? Are there any code considerations that prevent the slab from being reutilized?

    8/8/2014 · Construction
    In the wake of a Hurricane the monumental task of beginning to assess the losses and respond to the thousands of claims inevitably includes a number of claims concerning the functional assessment of commercial roofing systems. The design and construction of a roof system requires input from several disciplines including thermal considerations (Mechanical), fire resistance (Architect/Municipality), equipment carrying capacity (Structural), ability to drain and/or to store water (Architect/Civil), aesthetics, and the ability to resist any number of transient loads (Structural). The assessment of the damage sustained by a roof system during a storm event is an equally broad endeavor requiring the expert to call on a number of disciplines.

    3/20/2014 · Construction
    Building envelope assessments for storm-related damage is a normal part of job for the property adjuster and forensic consultant. The assessment of storm-related damage inevitably becomes a question of whether the observed condition pre-dates the storm or is the result of sudden and recent event. In fact, the question may very well be, "Did the observed condition exist during or even before the building was constructed; is the condition the result of a construction or design related defect?"

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    Daniel Mahr, PE
    President and Project Manager
    Montville Office Park
    150 River Road, Suite J4
    Montville NJ 07045
    USA
    phone: 973-331-8100
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    Daniel Mahr, PE, is a specialist in the Engineering and Design of Dry Bulk Material Handling Systems. He is an expert in the supply, handling, blending, and processing of a wide range of bulk materials ranging from alumina to wood chips.

    Mr. Mahr is experienced in ports and terminals, the power, transportation, mining, steel, and process industries. He has managed large or technically demanding projects handling bauxite, coal, biomass, minerals, and other bulk commodities. As president, Mr. Mahr is responsible for all corporate activities of Energy Associates. On construction assignments, he has served as a technical representative and monitored technical/contract compliance.

    Mr. Mahr’s project assignments are located throughout the United States and have taken him to Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. He is a member of ASME, NSPE, and SME. He is the past chair of ASME's Fuels and Combustion Technology Division and was the chair of the Fuel Storage, Handling, and Transportation Technical Committee for several years.

    Litigation Support - Daniel Mahr provides technical services in instances for breach of contract, dispute resolution, equipment failure, and litigation investigation. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bulk Material Handling
    • Unloading / Loading
    • Stacking
    • Reclaiming
    • Crusher
    • Weighing
    • Belts / Conveyors
    • Ports / Terminals
  • Frac Sand
  • Fires / Explosions
  • OSHA Codes and Standards
  • Fluidized Bed Combustion
  • Blending
  • Bulk Solids Handling Transportation
  • Biomass Products & Technology
  • Power Engineering
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    On February 7, 2008, at about 7:15 p.m., a series of huge explosions and fires occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, 14 seriously. The facility, which converted raw cane sugar into granulated sugar, had a material-handling system that included the familiar railcar unloader, belt conveyors, bucket elevators, and silo storage. The explosions were fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.

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    Michael Plunkett, P.E.
    President
    58 Briarwood Dr
    Wakefield, RI 02879
    RI, NH, CT, MA, VT, ME, FL, NY, GA 02879
    USA
    phone: (cell) 401-935-6557
    fax: 801-729-0611
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  • Over 35 years of experience in Mechanical / Structural Engineering & Design, Failure Analysis, Product Liability, Industural Asbestos,Pressure Vessel & Boiler analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural components.
  • Extensive trial experience. Has been involved in multi-million dollar cases. Areas involved included:

    - Piping & pipe supports
    - Structural failure of products
    - Failure analysis
    - Industrial asbestos
    - Seismic analysis
    - Fire protection
    - Pressure vessels
    - Tanks
    - Construction
    - Heat transfer analysis
    - Environmental qualification of equipment
    - Welding
    - Product design
    - Patent information
  • Expertise in developing litigation rate-case exhibits and detailed supporting testimony, and in organizing case documentation into easy-to-use computer databases for trial use.
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    Don Skaff
    Managing Director
    Worldwide Availability. Offices in Singapore & UK
    111 Deer Lake Rd, Suite 100
    Deerfield IL 60015
    USA
    phone: 888 782-3473 and Local 847-559-3000
    fax: 847-559-3010
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    Envista Forensics is a global leader in Forensic Engineering & Recovery Solutions. They provide Cause & Origin, Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigations, Accident Reconstruction, Damage Evaluations and Equipment Restoration Services following disasters of all kinds. Envista has served the insurance, legal and risk management industries for over 25 years. Their Experts travel globally from 19 offices located across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Singapore.

    Envista's experience counts when equipment, systems, structures, or data have been threatened by catastrophe or litigation. Their experts and advisors determine cause and responsibility, and identify the nature and extent of damage or loss and provide a full range of solutions to protect their assets. Envista's technical professionals are trusted advisors and industry leaders. Their expertise is broad and deep, capable of withstanding all forms of scrutiny. Envista's services are available globally so that certainty is assured no matter where in the world it is needed. As the recovery from disasters has grown more complex, Envista has developed a comprehensive array of services to help their clients and has associates located around the globe to provide assurance no matter the type of loss or location of the disaster.

    Envista helps attorneys quickly get to meaningful answers on the many technical issues at the center of a dispute. Their engineers have decades of experience working with both defendants and plaintiffs. They offer effective Expert Witness Testimony, with the ability to communicate effectively, build rapport with juries and judges, and maintain adherence to structured, methodical approaches in drawing conclusions are all extremely critical. LWG Consulting understands how critical the selection of an expert can be, and we understand what makes experts effective. Their court qualified experts have extensive experience providing expert testimony on a wide variety of engineering and technical matters.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Aviation & Aerospace
    • Biomechanics
    • Construction Defects
    • Digital Forensics
    • Electrical Injury & Electrocutions
    • Causation
    • Chemical
    • Computer / Network Equipment Failure
    • Construction Defect
    • Disputes over Reparability of Damage
    • Electrical Failure
    • Equipment Restoration
    • Fire & Explosion Analysis
    • Equipment Restoration
  • Industrial / Manufacturing Equipment
  • Materials Failure
  • Mechanical Accidents
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Medical / Laboratory Equipment
  • Product Failure / Liability
  • Project Management
  • Structural Failure
  • Subrogation
  • Utility & Energy
  • Valuation of Structures or Equipment
  • Vehicle Accident Investigation
  • Workplace / Premises Accidents
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    2/18/2014 · Medical
    All is quiet at 10:30 pm until a nurse notices water on the 2nd floor hallway. Building maintenance is called and discovers a ruptured pipe fitting in a bathroom on the 2nd floor. The water is shut off at 10:45 pm but unfortunately the damage has been done. It is later discovered that water penetrated through perforations in the ceiling in the CT suite on the 1st floor exposing the 16-slice CT gantry and patient table to water.

    1/14/2014 · Machinery
    The role that water plays in our existence is well understood. Without it, most living things will rapidly wither and die. Equally catastrophic of course, are the consequences of too much water. Not only to living things, in terms of widespread flooding, but also in terms of damage to machinery and equipment from exposure to water.

    Is it possible to differentiate between lightning related surges and artificially generated electrical surges?

    E-Discovery is the process of collecting and exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) that is requested during the discovery phase in civil litigation.

    3/14/2013 · Corrosion
    An ominous cloud of smoke continues to billow as the sprinklers rain water throughout the facility. The production manager's mechanical and electrical equipment is rapidly deteriorating, and within hours, the previously pristine equipment normally used to manufacture precision circuit boards will have a thin coating of flash rust with further damage forthcoming.

    1/25/2013 · Damages
    Doctors and nurses need to make quick, educated decisions to minimize the impact of difficult situations. These decisions are based on the practitioner's years of experience, their education, the science and technology available, and with the assistance of critical analytical and diagnostic equipment.

    11/19/2012 · Damages
    A water pipe breaks in a healthcare provider's facility, saturating an MRI control cabinet. The manufacturer is called in and spends $200,000 on attempted repairs. The unit still doesn't work. The manufacturer says the entire unit needs to be replaced, at a cost of $240,000.

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    Brandon W. Erickson, PE, SE
    Founding Principal
    10000 NE 7th Avenue
    Suite 130
    Vancouver WA 98685
    USA
    phone: 360-571-5577
    fax: 360-571-5578
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    Brandon Erickson Structural Engineering Expert PhotoBrandon W. Erickson, PE, SE, principal of Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC, has over 19 years of experience in Structural Engineering. Mr. Erickson received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Erickson is licensed in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, California, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. Mr. Erickson's main office is located in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Mr. Erickson also maintains a satellite office in Kihei, Hawaii.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Erickson provides litigation support services relevant to the structural design, construction, performance, failure, and remediation of buildings and similar structures. He is familiar with a variety of structural construction materials, including steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. His practice includes building structures and their foundations, remediation repair designs, construction means and methods, and seismic evaluations and upgrades.

    Retained as an expert for both Plaintiff and Defense, Mr. Erickson's services include comprehensive expert investigations, research, and forensic testing and analysis. His findings are summarized in well-documented, clear, and defendable reports. Mr. Erickson assists with mediation or arbitration, and provides expert testimony at deposition, mediation, or in court.

    Forensic Investigation Services:
    • Perform Proximate Cause Investigations
    • Assess Construction Defects
    • Assess Design Errors
    • Assess Materials Defects
    • Develop Testing and Monitoring Systems
    • Review Design and Construction Documents
    • Determine Extent of Damage
    • Prepare Schematic Remediation Designs Suitable for Scoping and Pricing
    • Prepare Final Remediation Designs Suitable for Permitting, Bidding, and Construction
    • Provide Assistance During the Remediation Phase
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    Dr. A.B. Thakker
    Ph.D., PE, FASM, CMFGE
    2839 Paces Ferry Road
    Overlook II, Suite 1160
    Atlanta GA 30339
    USA
    phone: 800-215-4468 or 404-771-2600
    fax: 770-234-4148
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    Firm Profile: Established in 1996, Global Technology Experts, Inc. (GTE) specializes in providing multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting, product testing, safety and forensic engineering services to manufacturers, defense and plaintiff attorneys, and to the insurance claims industry. Our professional staff includes engineers, scientists, and technical specialists who have years of experience and excel as experts in wide range of disciplines. GTE has investigated more then 350+ failure cases that include: Machinery/Equipment, Slip and Fall, Accident Reconstruction, Vehicle Rollover, Lift trucks, Bicycle, Generator/Battery, Tree stand, Construction Defects, Pump/Boiler/Chiller, Engine/Transmission, Weld joints, Corrosion, Fatigue, Polymers, Ceramics and Composite materials. GTE also specializes in Life assessment and durability analysis of prototype components etc.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrical Failures
  • Motor/Generator Failures
  • Battery Failures
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Tire Defects
  • Machinery & Equipment Failures
  • Construction Equipment Failure
  • Aircraft Engine/Structural Failure
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Metallurgy/Materials Failure
  • Fatigue & Corrosion
  • Product Failure Analysis
  • Bicycle, Ladder, Slip/trip & fall
  • Building Construction & Defect Analysis

  • Education: We have highly experienced and qualified staff:
  • PhD, Engineering Science & Materials, Virginia Tech
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • BS, Civil and Construction Engineering, Kansas State University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, NY
  • MBA, Technology Management, Florida Institute of Technology

    Certifications:
  • PE – Registered Professional Engineers
  • CMfgE – Certified Manufacture Engineer

    Professional Affiliations:
  • Southern Law Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Materials
  • American Society of Nondestructive testing
  • American Welding Society
  • American Society of Testing Materials
  • Society of Aerospace, Materials and Process Engineers

    Principals:
  • Dr. Ash Thakker, PhD, PE, FASM,FSME, CMfgE (Structures, Materials, Fatigue, Fracture, Composites, Damage Tolerance)
  • Mr. George Kremer, BSME, AAS (Metallurgy, Corrosion, Coatings and Mechanical Failures)
  • Dr. Nicholas Propes, PhD (Electrical Machinery Failures, Maintenance Systems, Testing and Analysis)
  • Dr. Freeman Rufus, PhD (Battery/Motor/Generator Failure)
  • Dr. Jyoti Ajitsaria, PhD (Mechanical Failures)
  • Mr. Mike Healy, BS (Civil, Construction Engineering, Buildings)
  • Mr. Ralph Cunningham, BS (Physical Testing, Accident Reconstruction)
  • 11/20/2010 · Slip, Trip & Fall
    A "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" is the generic term for an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground

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    PO Box 702
    Jefferson City TN 37760
    USA
    phone: 865-471-8142
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    Roger W. Griffith, P.E. has over 34 years of experience as a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in design, maintenance, and operation of mechanical systems. He specializes in the areas of Plumbing, HVAC, and Fire Sprinkler Systems Design.

    As the principal of Griffith Engineering & Consulting for 17 years, his design experience with commercial and industrial projects includes convention centers, schools, office buildings, condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, churches, manufacturing facilities, medical buildings, restaurants, historic buildings, dormitories, fire halls, and maintenance facilities.

    Litigation Support - Since 2002, Mr. Griffith has been providing forensic engineering, consulting, and expert witness services that are thorough, credible, and timely. He also assists clients through the mediation and arbitration process.

    Mr. Griffith's expertise is available to plaintiffs and defendants on the issues of plumbing, mechanical, and fire sprinkler system defects and failures. His expert testimony is based upon independent and impartial investigation, research, analysis, and testing. His services include written reports and the preparation of exhibits. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • HVAC Design
    • Plumbing Design
    • Pipe Failures
    • Plumbing Component Failures
    • Sprinkler System Failures
  • Hot Water Systems / Scalding Water
  • Water Heater Failures
  • Gas Venting / Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Fuel Gas Fires and Explosions
  • Legionella
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